Feasibility of Containerized Shipping at the Port of Oshawa
July 24, 2012
This Regional Municipality of Durham project was funded $29,200 to undergo a situational analysis of the current movement of goods. Results indicated that a shift to marine transportation would derive benefits from reduced truck traffic on highways, particularly in the Greater Toronto Area between Durham and Hamilton, as well as a major transportation cost savings for agricultural businesses in east-central Ontario. A business plan and a research model were created to enable other jurisdictions to conduct similar studies. Infrastructure investment at the Port of Oshawa began with putting in place grain handling facilities, with approximately 30,000 tonnes from across the province shipped out of the harbour in the Fall of 2010. In 2011, additional grain handling and storage infrastructure was built at the Port of Oshawa and approximately 60,000 tonnes of grain and oilseeds was contracted to be shipped from the Port. The study has been provided to other consultants researching similar projects. The complete study is available in both official languages on the Region’s website, www.durhambusiness.ca.
Investment in this project was provided by Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada's Adaptation Programming and administered by the Agricultural Adaptation Council.